Natural Flea & Tick Remedies
If your dog is sensitive to the chemicals found in common flea and tick repellents or you are just trying to avoid these chemicals and their dangers, it is important to know that there are multiple home remedies to repel fleas and ticks!
Coconut Oil: If you rub 1-2 teaspoons, depending on the size of your dog, between your hands and let it melt a little bit, you can then rub the coconut oil along the back, torso, and legs of your dog. You should repeat this process daily. The coconut oil will repel fleas, ticks and ear mites. As a bonus, the coconut oil will help your dog’s skin and fur be healthy and shiny!
Apple Cider Vinegar: You can spray apple cider on your dog’s coat entirely (avoiding the face) and it acts as a natural repellent to mosquitoes (which can cause heartworm) and fleas. Another way to use apple cider vinegar would be to put 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, per 50 lbs of dog, in your dog’s water daily.
Rosemary Flea Dip: To make the rosemary water, you bring 2 pints of water to a boil, then add 2 cups of fresh rosemary and allow that to boil for 30 minutes. Strain out the rosemary and then keep your water in a sealed container and let it cool. Then add 1 to 1 ½ gallons of warm water to your cooled rosemary water. After you have shampooed and rinsed your dog, you pour the rosemary water over your dog, avoiding the face, and then let your dog dry naturally. Do not rinse the rosemary water off. The rosemary will repel fleas and give your dog a silky coat and fresh smell!
Essential Oils: There are multiple essential oils that you can put on your dog’s collar to repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes! There are also multiple sprays you can make using natural oils. You can learn more about them on our essential oils page.